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MBP hard shutdown when battery runs out

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Taylor M Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)
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Feb 2, 2013 2:29 AM

Just two weeks ago my computer stopped going into a deep sleep when the battery got to low to run the machine. It now does a hard shutdown, though it does not notify me after I restart, but I can tell by the status of the applications that come back up. I have around 580 recycles on my battery. 88% life left.


I have tried the new firmware update, but it does not apply to my machine, an early 2011 MacBook Pro. I think this also specifically addressed battery cycles over 1,000.


Anyone having this issue as well? I have not had any random shutdowns that many other people describe. This only happens when the battery runs out.


I have run disk utilities, cleared PRAM, cleared SMC. Next up might be Disk Warrior.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,375 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 3:24 AM (in response to Taylor M)

    What were the results in Disk Utility>First Aid?


    Do you think you are having a power/battery problem or HDD?


    Examine this user tip and see if there are possible solutions to your situation:





    Before you contemplate spending money on Disk Warrior, a new HDD will be much less expensive.  I recently purchased a 1 TB HDD for $75.  This of course assumes that you have a backup HDD.  Also it assumes that the HDD is the problem.


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  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,375 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 3:52 AM (in response to Taylor M)

    My understanding of Disk Warrior is that it is a data recovery/restoration software and I don't understand how it may have any connection with your MBP battery.  Perhaps I am missing something?


    At any rate, in System Information>Hardware>Power>Battery Information, what does it say for your battery as shown in this example from my MBP:


    Screen Shot 2013-02-02 at 6.41.55 AM.png


  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 6:14 AM (in response to Taylor M)

    As OGELTHORPE says DiskWarrior is for rebuilding your directory not anything to do with battery.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,375 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 8:09 AM (in response to Taylor M)

    When you took the screen shot of your battery data, was your magsafe power adapter attached?  If so, there may be a problem with it since it shows it is not charging.  Aside from that your battery information shows that you have a well used but serviceable battery.


    Since you say that you have done everything in the article I posted, the only other option that comes to mind is to run an Apple Hardware Test.  Perhaps that may give a clue as to your problem.  Note you may have to use OPTION - D to start it.




  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,375 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 9:17 AM (in response to Taylor M)

    Perhaps some one else has some thoughts on your issue, but I have nothing more to offer.


    Good luck.




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